In central Vermont, 2 1/2 hours from Boston and just four from NYC, there is a place where the mountains are the greenest of green and a string of pristine lakes is the bluest of blue. The fish are always biting in the summer; feathery flakes fall on red-gold leaves in October; and flowers burst into a jumble of audacious color in May. The only thing that beats taking a kayak out on a misty summer morning is screaming down a ski slope after a fresh snowfall. In winter the snow is deep and fluffy from December well into April -- perfect for skiing! With 8 ski areas within 40 miles, you have plenty to choose from.
Other Activities: Hiking, leaf peeping, road biking, running, canoeing, kayaking
Golf: Okemo Valley Resort and Golf Club
All around you, rolling fields of golden fescue surround bent grass tees and fairways. In the distance, Vermont's Green Mountains provide a striking backdrop. These breathtaking views and access to championship heath land golf are yours at the Okemo Valley Golf Club in Ludlow.
18 holes over 6,500 yards with a par of 70 (Public)
89 Fox Ln., Ludlow, VT 05149-9693
Crown Point Country Club, Crown Point Golf Course
18 holes over 6,602 yards with a par of 72 (Public)
Weathersfield Center Rd., Springfield, VT 05156
Tater Hill Golf Club, Tater Hill Golf Course
18 holes over 6,800 yards with a par of 72 (Public)
6802 Popple Dungeon Rd., Chester, VT 05143-9825
Stratton Mountain Country Club, Forest Golf Course
9 holes (Public)
Stratton Mountain Road, Stratton Mountain, VT 05155
Killington Golf Course, Killington
18 holes over 6,168 yards with a par of 72 (Public)
4763 Killington Rd., Killington, VT 05751-9746
Bellows Falls Country Club, Bellows Falls Golf Course
9 holes over 2,892 yards with a par of 35 (Public)
RR 103, Rockingham Road, Bellows Falls, VT 05101
Woodstock Country Club, Woodstock Golf Course
18 holes over 6,001 yards with a par of 69 (Public)
14 The Green, Woodstock, VT 05091-1283
Stonehedge Golf Course, Stonehedge
9 holes over 1,107 yards with a par of 27 (Public)
216 Squires Road, North Clarendon, VT 05759
Ski: Okemo Mountain Resort
Less than four miles down the road, Okemo Mountain Resort’s Jackson Gore base lodge offers a heady assortment of trails from easy to expert. This is a great cruising mountain that families love, but a couple of the double-diamonds will put even experts to shame. Snowboarders will love the terrain parks, quarter pipe and two Super Pipes!
Killington Resort stretches across seven mountains with 200 trails and 33 lifts. Averaging 250 inches of natural snow each winter complemented by the country’s most extensive snowmaking system, it has offered the longest season in eastern North America for 43 years. Killington is known for its diversity of terrain.
Pico is one of Vermont`s largest mountains, with a vertical drop of 1,967 feet spread over 50 trails and 214 skiable acres that provides lots of choices for all abilities.